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deer—several hundred of them. They were in a
big circle a hundred feet across. This circle was
four feet deep. The antelopes had eaten the
black earth down to that depth. We had no
horses with us—the Crows had all of them—and
so we had to go back to the old Indian burden-
bearer, the dog. We had all of our camping
effects packed on the backs of our dogs or trailing
behind them on the travaux. It was almost
impossible to get our dogs across this deep area of
black earth. They were packed so heavily that
we had to roll them over the boggy portions, else
they would just stick into the mud up to their
bellies and stay there. We had to roll them over
logs., too.

We passed Shell Creek and struck out for the
"High Hills'—the Rocky Mountains. We came
to the foot of a mountain which we called cSnow
Never Melts'. When wre arrived at the foot of
this mountain, our medicine-man told us to lie
down at the foot of the rising slope and keep still;
for he saw a hunting party going home with meat.
They were Sahpos—Crows!

We lay there until the hunters disappeared
beyond a ridge,, and shortly afterward a buffalo
bull appeared from the ridge and came in our
direction. It stopped about two hundred yards
from us and stamped its feet and stuck out its tail.
Among Indians this is a signal for the Indians to